Schumacher maturing like fine wine

Schumacher maturing like fine wine

Michael Schumacher thinks he is getting better as he gets older and is as keen as ever to win the title that he's already won six times. The German put the Ferrari F2004 up against rivals for the first time at Imola during testing yesterday,...

Michael Schumacher thinks he is getting better as he gets older and is as keen as ever to win the title that he's already won six times. The German put the Ferrari F2004 up against rivals for the first time at Imola during testing yesterday, having been working in private through the winter with the new car until now. Michael was beaten to fastest of the day by brother Ralf's Williams, but only by a margin of six hundredths of a second.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
"I am 35 years old now and appear to be like a good bottle of wine, the older the better," Schumacher Senior told the German press. "I am as hungry as at the start of my career and want to win the title again. I am ready. We are all ready for the new challenge"

Each time Michael adds another title to his ever-growing list, the media speculates it may be his last as he could quit while he's ahead. But with a contract signed until 2006, Michael isn't thinking about hanging up his helmet just yet, or even after the next two seasons.

"I need a steering wheel and four wheels," he said. "It is easy to motivate myself, I never doubted that I wouldn't be able to continue. I feel that I can match the others well and that a few nice years lie ahead of me. If I feel (in 2006) like I do now then it is quite possible that I will continue. I must be competitive and that doesn't necessarily mean winning the title."

Teammate Rubens Barrichello is pleased with the F2004 and believes it's better all round than last year's F2003-GA. "It is much more complete, I like driving it," the Brazilian said of this year's challenger. "It showed itself to be better immediately. Given that fact, we could focus more on reliability."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari , Williams